Detour Reviews

  • Mar 12, 2020

    WOW what a waste of time. Terrible acting, terrible, implausible story, makes the 67 minutes seem more like a couple hours. This is just dreadful as hell. This being on critic's list proves what a JOKE those lists ARE! Rotten garbage, stay away from this.

    WOW what a waste of time. Terrible acting, terrible, implausible story, makes the 67 minutes seem more like a couple hours. This is just dreadful as hell. This being on critic's list proves what a JOKE those lists ARE! Rotten garbage, stay away from this.

  • Jan 02, 2020

    Given its cost and age it holds up well...but the "hype" on this one is something that the film itself cant match...

    Given its cost and age it holds up well...but the "hype" on this one is something that the film itself cant match...

  • Oct 17, 2019

    Classic, but overcooked film noir. The whole driving motive for the hero's downfall makes little to no sense, and things just get crazier from there.

    Classic, but overcooked film noir. The whole driving motive for the hero's downfall makes little to no sense, and things just get crazier from there.

  • Aug 13, 2019

    Great writing and acting.

    Great writing and acting.

  • Jul 13, 2019

    The elements of the American film noir are all followed in this entertaining if very cheaply made road film from 1945. Director Edgar G. Ulmer began his film career in the German film industry. In this B-movie he proves that budgetary constraints do not prevent a damn good film. The story is of a relatively poor jazz musician, played by Tom Neal hitchhiking from East to West coast United States. However what appears to be a lucky hitch descends into a hellish story as the driver has a heart attack and drops dead whilst asleep in the passenger seat as Neal drives oblivious. However when he realises his 'passenger' is dead when he stops the car to put up the hood during a rain storm and he falls out of the car Neal realises it could incriminate him. As the film progresses a staple of film noir films, a domineering woman becomes involved played by Ann Savage. She makes the situation worse incriminating Neal further in a tangled mess of greed and money, and yet more death. The cast are unknowns, Neal had real life issues similar to his loser character in this film. The rear projected landscapes are quite comic because of their unrealistic nature, although that wasn't the intention!

    The elements of the American film noir are all followed in this entertaining if very cheaply made road film from 1945. Director Edgar G. Ulmer began his film career in the German film industry. In this B-movie he proves that budgetary constraints do not prevent a damn good film. The story is of a relatively poor jazz musician, played by Tom Neal hitchhiking from East to West coast United States. However what appears to be a lucky hitch descends into a hellish story as the driver has a heart attack and drops dead whilst asleep in the passenger seat as Neal drives oblivious. However when he realises his 'passenger' is dead when he stops the car to put up the hood during a rain storm and he falls out of the car Neal realises it could incriminate him. As the film progresses a staple of film noir films, a domineering woman becomes involved played by Ann Savage. She makes the situation worse incriminating Neal further in a tangled mess of greed and money, and yet more death. The cast are unknowns, Neal had real life issues similar to his loser character in this film. The rear projected landscapes are quite comic because of their unrealistic nature, although that wasn't the intention!

  • Mar 27, 2019

    A great Noir film by Edgar Ulmer that does not play out as a traditional Noir film. It moves like poetry as Al Roberts journey to be reunited with his love is thwarted by a series of misfortunes. Roberts sums it up best as he talks about the Saxophone player is not playing a love song but a dirge. Should be at the top of anyone's Noir list of films.

    A great Noir film by Edgar Ulmer that does not play out as a traditional Noir film. It moves like poetry as Al Roberts journey to be reunited with his love is thwarted by a series of misfortunes. Roberts sums it up best as he talks about the Saxophone player is not playing a love song but a dirge. Should be at the top of anyone's Noir list of films.

  • Dec 20, 2018

    A smart, unpredictable, and often overlooked film noir, Detour deserves to be recognized as one of the most clever movies of its genre.

    A smart, unpredictable, and often overlooked film noir, Detour deserves to be recognized as one of the most clever movies of its genre.

  • Apr 28, 2018

    Everything about this film (except the cinematography) is wrong. Insane acting by Ann Savage. Weird, badly-written script. But it's one of the most mesmerizing movies I've ever seen! Can hardly wait to see it again.

    Everything about this film (except the cinematography) is wrong. Insane acting by Ann Savage. Weird, badly-written script. But it's one of the most mesmerizing movies I've ever seen! Can hardly wait to see it again.

  • Nov 18, 2017

    The good kind of ridiculous

    The good kind of ridiculous

  • Sep 15, 2017

    It was so much fun to watch Detour again on a early Fall Friday evening! I love old black-and-white classics that give us a good tale in 60 minutes.

    It was so much fun to watch Detour again on a early Fall Friday evening! I love old black-and-white classics that give us a good tale in 60 minutes.